Celebrity Series of Boston will present Juilliard String Quartet on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 8pm at NEC’s Jordan Hall at NEC’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA

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Contact: Stephanie Janes, (617) 598-3240, [email protected]


Celebrity Series of Boston
Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director

Juilliard String Quartet
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 8pm — NEC’s Jordan Hall


(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present Juilliard String Quartet on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 8pm at NEC’s Jordan Hall at NEC’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA. An Aaron Richmond Recital. This performance is sponsored by the D.L. Saunders Real Estate & Hotel Investors Group, AMO. Media partner is 99.5 WCRB.


Tickets start at $35, and are available online at www.celebrityseries.org, by calling CelebrityCharge at (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at the Jordan Hall Box Office, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA.


This performance marks Juilliard String Quartet’s 69th appearance with Celebrity Series; their Celebrity Series debut was in 1959 and their most recent performance was in 2005.

The Juilliard String Quartet continues its tradition of music making and teaching, and welcomed violist Roger Tapping in the 13/14 season, who replaced Samuel Rhodes. Mr. Tapping joined the Quartet in a farewell concert at Ravinia celebrating Mr. Rhodes’s remarkable 44 years as the Quartet’s violist.

Since its inception in 1946, the Juilliard String Quartet has made manifest the credo of founders Robert Mann and William Schuman to “play new works as if they were established masterpieces, and established masterpieces as if they were new.” They have performed over 500 works including the premieres of more than 60 pieces by American composers, with works by the country’s finest jazz musicians among them. The Juilliard Quartet was the first ensemble to play all six Bartók quartets in the United States, and its performances of Schoenberg’s quartets helped establish the works in the modern string quartet canon. More recently the Quartet played and recorded the first four quartets of Elliott Carter and their latest recording, soon to be released is Carter’s fifth and final Quartet.

In 2011, the Juilliard String Quartet and its recently appointed first violinist Joseph Lin were the subject of the film “Keeping Beethoven Contemporary” produced and released by Michael Blackwood Productions which showed the Quartet in rehearsal and performance of Beethoven’s Quartet in B flat Major, Op. 130 with the original last movement, the Grosse Fuge.

The Quartet has carried the banner of the United States and The Juilliard School throughout the world, contributing to the reputation of the school as one of the world’s foremost conservatories The Juilliard String Quartet was Quartet-in-Residence at the Library of Congress for more than 40 years and held a residency at Michigan State University for more than a decade. The members of the Quartet have taught master classes and seminars worldwide and lead an annual 5-day Juilliard School String Quartet Seminar working with advanced quartets selected from international auditions. Their work with graduate quartets in residence has been instrumental in the formation of numerous ensembles, among them the Alexander, American, Emerson, Tokyo, Brentano, Lark, St. Lawrence, Shanghai, Afiara and Colorado String Quartets.

With more than 100 releases to its credit, the JSQ is one of the most widely recorded string quartets of our time. The Quartet’s recordings of the complete Bartók quartets, the late Beethoven quartets, the complete Schoenberg quartets and Debussy and Ravel quartets have all received Grammy Awards. They were inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Academy for Recording Arts and Sciences in 1986 for its first recording of the complete Bartók quartets and were awarded the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik Prize in 1993 for Lifetime Achievement in the recording industry. In 2011 the Juilliard String Quartet became the first classical music ensemble to be honored by The Recording Academy (the Grammy Awards) with a Lifetime Achievement Award.


Five Movements, Opus 5

String Quartet, Opus 3

String Quartet in D minor, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden”


About Celebrity Series of Boston

Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 76-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arturo Toscanini, Ignace Paderewski, Artur Rubenstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Andrés Segovia, Kirsten Flagstad, Marian Anderson, Luciano Pavarotti, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the New York City Opera Company.
The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 76 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience–on stages, in schools, at home– everywhere. For more information on Celebrity Series of Boston, call (617) 482-2595 or visit us online at www.celebrityseries.org.
The Celebrity Series of Boston, Inc. receives generous support from Amy & Joshua Boger; Donna & Mike Egan; Gabor Garai & Susan Pravda; David & Harriet Griesinger; Paul L. King; The Little Family Foundation; Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation; Eleanor & Frank Pao; The John S. and Cynthia Reed Foundation; Sanjay & Sangeeta Verma; Nancy Richmond Winsten; Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC; First Republic Bank; Foley & Lardner; Massachusetts Cultural Council;The Peabody Foundation; PTC; Tufts Health Plan; The D.L. Saunders Real Estate & Hotel Investment Group, AMO; Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

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